Thousands of fish released into Okanagan lakes and ponds

YELLOW LAKE — A popular Similkameen lake had its trout supply replenished Friday morning with the help of Princess Margaret Secondary students. Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. released 25,000 Eastern Brook and Rainbow trout yearlings into Yellow Lake.

Tenth-grader Sonny Baptiste was among those assisting. He had the important role of holding onto the pipe as the school of fish flooded into the lake.

“It was pretty exciting. It was kind of heavy and my hands were underwater for a long time, so my hands are kind of cold,” he said.

This year, the society will be releasing 700,000 trout and kokanee into Okanagan Lakes and ponds, giving anglers with something to look forward to.

“Most of the lakes in our region wouldn’t have any fish if we didn’t put them in there,” said Kyle Girgan, the manager of Summerland Trout Hatchery.

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Girgan explained that many of the lakes are barren because of issues in oxygen levels and the lack of spawning grounds.

As a result, the society conducts these types of releases in the spring and fall. It’s funded mostly by fishing license revenues, so its primary is to keep the lakes and ponds filled with fish.


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